GE gas dryer won't heat

Old 11-10-06, 12:37 PM
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GE gas dryer won't heat

I have a GE gas dryer in which I replaced the igniter a couple of years ago. Recently, I have had to wiggle the igniter around in the holder to make it work. Now, it glows but there is no combustion of the gas. I have watched it cycle and it continues to ignite but the gas never combusts. Is my igniter bad or could it be the flame detector or the valve coils?

I live in rural Alaska, so repairmen are expensive to get to visit you.
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Hello tomted1. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Based upon the need to wiggle the igniter in order to make it work indicates two possible causes for failure. Igniter may have a hairline crack (rare to function this way but possible) or the quick disconnect wire terminal end or wires twisted together (from previous replacement) have a bad or poor connection.

Solution may be to replace igniter and insure connections of wires and or terminals ends are secured firmly together.

May also help to read a few of the existing questions with replies already posted. Lots of info in them.

Also consider Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the most likely possible problem may be. They will need the make, model and serial numbers. Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts and problem resolving matters. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs or services. Always check for gas leaks whenever moving the appliance and/or a service or repair includes any connection of a gas part.

Read Gas Dryer Sticky Note In The Forum Topic For Additional Advice:

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